Jonathan Schoop
Orioles' Jonathan Schoop playing in extended spring training
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
6:45 PM
News: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on Wednesday that second baseman Jonathan Schoop (knee) could return to action before the All-Star break, MLB.com reports.

Schoop has been sidelined since mid-April after suffering a partial PCL tear and an MCL sprain. He's participating in extending spring training games and could soon be sent out on a rehab assignment if he doesn't suffer any setbacks.

Schoop is 7 for 27 with three homers and seven RBI in nine games played.

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Dustin Pedroia
Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia busts out four-hit performance
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
5:05 PM
News: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had his first four-hit game of the season in Wednesday's doubleheader opener against the Twins. Pedroia went 4 for 5 (all singles) with an RBI and two runs scored as the Red Sox took the 6-3 victory.

The last time Pedroia had at least four hits in a game was in the second game of the 2014 season. Over his last 10 games of this season, Pedroia is batting .390 (16 for 41) with two home runs and six RBI. 

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Brian Dozier
Twins 2B Brian Dozier goes deep for the 10th time this year
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
4:55 PM
News: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier blasted his 10th home run of the season in the 6-3 loss to the Red Sox in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader. Dozier crushed an Eduardo Rodriguez pitch into the Green Monster seats at Fenway Park for a solo shot to bring the Twins to within a run. But it wasn't enough to avoid the defeat.

Dozier went 2 for 3 in the contest and now has 12 hits in 39 at-bats over his last 10 games. 

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Logan Forsythe
Rays 2B Logan Forsythe rips first-inning home run on Tuesday
Logan Forsythe, 2B, TB
11:38 AM
News: Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe got the scoring started in Tuesday's 6-1 victory over the Angels. Forsythe blasted a two-run home run in the top of the first inning off C.J. Wilson to put the Rays up 2-0 early. It was Forsythe's sixth home run of the season.

Forsythe, who also walked and scored in the game, has been seeing regular playing this season and is enjoying it. Over his last 10 games, he's batting .265 (9 for 34) with two home runs and six RBI. 

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Stephen Drew
Yankees 2B Stephen Drew delivers rewarding hit in win Tuesday
Stephen Drew, 2B, NYY
10:04 AM
News: Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew has been struggling offensively all season, but on Tuesday against the Mariners, he delivered a clutch hit, which could be the spark he needs to get on track.

The Yankees were down to their final out in the ninth inning Tuesday, when Drew delivered an RBI double off Mariners closer Fernando Rodney, tying the game at 2. New York went on to win 5-3 in 11 innings.

"Just trying to get a good pitch to hit and not trying to do too much,” Drew said, per The Journal News. “Been in these situations before. Made a good pitch, and I put a good swing on it. Just was an all-around great team win tonight. It was a lot of fun, and the game was going back and forth, and it was fun to be a part of.”

Drew is batting just .168 through 48 games, but he has three hits in his first two games in June.

“He’s had some big hits for us,” manager Joe Girardi said. “But it’s got to be rewarding, because he worked really hard in Oakland to try to get some things right. He got a hit yesterday, got a couple today, swung the bat extremely well. It’s got to be rewarding.”

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Ben Zobrist
A's OF Ben Zobrist blasts grand slam in win over Tigers
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK
6/2/2015
News: Athletics outfielder Ben Zobrist a grand slam in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 win over the Tigers. 

The grand slam gave Zobrist his second home run of the season. He's now hitting .258 over his past 10 games. That compares favorably to his .243 batting average for the season. 

Zobrist finished the game 1 for 4 and also drew a walk. 

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Robinson Cano
Slumping Robinson Cano doesn't regret move to Mariners
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
6/2/2015
News: Slumping Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano isn't worried about his sluggish first two months of the season.

"This is not a thing that’s going to bring me down,” Cano said, per the Journal News. “You guys know me. I always stay positive. Every at-bat is a different one. I’m not going to over-think it."

Cano is hitting just .246, but he's sure he'll turn things around. 

"There’s a lot of balls that I’ve been hitting hard, but just right at guys. There’s things you can’t control in this game. You just can hit the ball, but you can’t control it. But I’ve been in a situation like this before, and we’ve got a lot of games left in the season."

With the Yankees in town, Cano had the opportunity to reflect on his former team, and his decision to leave it. But, like his slump, he's not letting the past bring him down. 

"That’s something that I don’t really care about,” Cano said. “I’m just here. I’m here to help this team to win, and not just focus on somebody else. … I would never regret my decision."

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Ian Kinsler
Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler dropped to fifth in lineup Tuesday
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
6/2/2015
News: For just the second time this season, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler wasn't hitting second in the batting order Tuesday. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus opted to drop Kinsler to fifth in the batting order vs. Athletics right-hander Kendall Graveman.

Jose Iglesias moved into the second spot in the batting order Tuesday.

“Things weren’t working,” Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press. “I tried to find some way we could mix it up."

The only other time Kinsler didn't hit second when he was in the starting lineup was April 27 when he hit leadoff against the Twins. Kinsler has had just one day off (May 26) this season.

Kinsler has been mired in an offensive slump the last few weeks, batting .111 in his last 12 games. In his career batting fifth, Kinsler is hitting .293 with two home runs, 12 doubles, 10 RBI and 19 runs in 33 games.

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Nick Franklin
Rays INF Nick Franklin working on changes to fix hitting woes
Nick Franklin, 2B, TB
6/2/2015
News: After getting two hits in his season debut May 17, the hits dried up for Rays infielder Nick Franklin, who entered play Monday mired in a 0-for-24 slump. Although the Rays lost 7-3 to the Angels, Franklin had some personal success, ending his slide with a two-run homer.

"It was a big hit for him, it was a big hit for us at the time, especially against [Garrett Richards]," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB.com.

Franklin said after the game he has been working on fixing his swing, particularly with his hand placement.

"I've been working on it the last two days, I just made that adjustment," Franklin said. "As of right now, I think it's working. I like where I'm at with it. And I'm just going to continue doing it.

"It takes about two weeks to break a bad habit. You know it's early for me, personally. ... Technically, I just really started with the ABs. I think it's just going to take a little time and I'll get it."

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Jose Altuve
Astros' Jose Altuve closes down May with hit Sunday
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
6/1/2015
News: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 1 for 4 in Sunday's 6-0 loss to the White Sox to close May with a season-long batting average under .300.

Altuve was outstanding in April, racking up 36 hits in 98 at-bats, but couldn't keep things going in May, finishing the month with a .231/.294/.343 line along with three homers and nine RBI in 108 at-bats. The cold spell has dropped the second baseman's line to .296/.344/.417 entering June. He also has five home runs, 25 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 206 at-bats.

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